OELWEIN, Iowa - The community came together Saturday evening to raise money for a local woman who was shot by her husband last fall.
In October, 44-year-old Myron Meador shot his wife 38-year-old Niki Meador, five times before turning the gun on himself. Myron died at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics a day later. Niki endured months of recovery.
"I was in the hospital at the University for about nine days. Rehab, I was there for about 22 days. Then, I've been in recovery outpatient," Niki said.
Niki still faces many difficulties. Her injuries left her with limited peripheral vision. She's considered legally blind and had to leave her job as a counselor for people with disabilities. Meanwhile, her living expenses and medical bills are piling up.
Family and friends said they wanted to do something to help. They worked for two months putting together the Saturday night benefit at the Knights of Columbus building in Oelwein. It hosted a free-will donation dinner, live and silent auctions, a bake sale, and raffles. The dollars raised all went to Niki.
"She's not able to work right now. So, any income is going to help her with her living situation and medical bills and everything," said friend and co-organizer of the event, Susie Brockmeyer.
Brockmeyer said the event had no set dollar goal. She and other organizers only wanted people to give what they could.
"Beggars can't be choosers. We're just thankful for all the donations, all the volunteers. The community has been awesome," said another co-organizer and friend, Jennifer Lassen.
To Niki it was more than a fundraiser. She said it showed her how much the community cared.
"I'm not one to take well to people doing for me. I always do for others, but it feels good," said Niki.
Loved ones have also setup the "Niki Jo Benefit Fund" for monetary donations. Those interested can give at any Veridian Credit Union.